Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Second Tier Bovine Excrement: University of Kansas School of Law
Tuition: Kansas residents attending this school on a full-time basis, for 2011-2012, were charged $16,459.90 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state, full-time law students at the University of Kansas faced an amount of $28,648.60, in tuition and fees, for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school maintains that room and board, personal expenses, transportation costs and book will add another $17,218 to the tab. As such, the school estimates that Kansas residents, who enroll full-time at the law school, needed $33,677.90. Non-residents required $45,866.60, in total costs. However, keep in mind that the commode only considers nine-month living expenses.
Seeing that an actual law student will require twelve month living costs, we can determine a more accurate total COA figure of $39,049.90 for in-state, full-time law students. For non-resident, full-time law students, this figure would come out to $51,238.60. Who says that state schools are affordable?!
Ranking: At such rates, surely this school has one hell of a reputation in the legal and academic community, right?!?! Well…Pussy Bob Morse and the shills at US “News” & World Report rate the University of Kansas Sewer of Law as the 89th greatest, most remarkable and breathtaking law school, in the United States! In fact, it shares this distinct honor, with the following six breadwinners: DePaul, Hofstra, Indiana University-Indianapolis, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Louisville, and Nebraska.
By the way, this turd has sunk further down the rankings, in the last couple of years. Check out this excerpt from Andy Hyland’s March 13, 2012 article, in the Lawrence Journal-World, entitled “KU’s law school drops again in national rankings, while 12 programs make top 10”:
“U.S. News and World Report released new rankings for graduate programs on Tuesday, and while Kansas University had 12 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities, its School of Law, hampered by slumping employment numbers, dropped into to a tie for 89th overall.
The law school, which dropped 12 spots in 2011, dropped another 10 this year. Stephen Mazza, KU’s law dean, said a dip in employment numbers was to blame.” [Emphasis mine]
Yeah, sure the job market is solely to blame for the drop in rankings – and student debtor advocate Cryn Johannsen just ran her size 8 soles down my back!
Supposed Employment Placement and Starting Salary Figures: The school claims that, of those for whom employment status was known, 85 percent of the JD Class of 2010 was employed or enrolled in graduate school. For $ome rea$on, the toilet does not provide a more detailed breakdown of the numbers. Of those who were unemployed – presumably nine months after graduation – eight people were allegedly not seeking a job.
Notice that the cesspool published an overall median starting salary figure of $55,000. However, only 102 – of the 165 for whom employment status was known – bothered to furnish salary data to the school. Scroll down and you will see that 77 grads from this class entered private practice. Of this figure, four worked as desperate solos – while 15 were employed in firms of 2-10 attorneys. Furthermore, an additional 15 worked in firms of 11-25 attorneys. Were you planning on working in Biglaw, upon graduating from this stench pit?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the University of Kansas JD Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $41,574. Fully 80 percent of this school’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. While this figure is not atrocious, remember that this figure does not take undergraduate debt into account.
Faculty and Administrator Salaries: Thanks to the Wichita Eagle, for providing a link to the state employee salary database. The eunuchs at the Kansas City Star failed to produce this listing. Let’s see how well the pigs are doing, in comparison to the students and recent grads. On page 2, you will notice that Dean Stephen Mazza made $250,000 in 2010.
On page 4 of this database, note that Rakesh Kumar Bhala raked in $199,417 – as Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law/Rice Distinguished Professor. Also on this page, Michael Hoeflich “earned” $199,332 as something called the “John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law.” On his faculty profile, listed under Representative Publications, you will see that this world-beater wrote an article entitled “Roman & Civil Law & the Development of Anglo-American Jurisprudence" – in 1997. Why isn’t this guy making bank, as a law firm partner?!?!
Conclusion: The University of Kansas School of Law is an overpriced public commode. While the school may feature a strong semi-pro men’s basketball team, do not expect a KU law degree to bolster your financial position. In the final analysis, family, political and business connections count for a hell of a lot more than “hard work” or determination. If you have your heart set on being a lawyer, then you should realize that you will need to practice in Kansas or Missouri. This is a second tier sewer, with a regional reputation. DO NOT attend this school, if you expect to be an attorney in another area of the country.
Posted by Nando at 6:27 AM